30 Day Challenge: 4th & Final Update

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Here we go, the post you’ve all been anxiously waiting for all week, the 4th and final update on my 30 day challenge! (slow clap)

Click here, here, and here, for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd updates. Click here for the plan.

It’s been a fun ride…here are the top three things I learned in the last 30 days:

1. It’s doubtful I’ll do this type of challenge in blog form again. Taking pictures of every meal and documenting was a little too much after day 15. Obviously I was subconsciously boycotting taking pictures shown clearly by my inconsistency in actually taking pictures of my meals. Oh well, my bad.

2. That said, keeping track of what I ate helped me hone-in and tweak things as I went. It is so easy to get stuck in a habit of eating the same thing for breakfast every day. I know that variety is key – especially when you have a leaky gut – in order to avoid developing new food sensitivities.

3. For me, trying to avoid too many things at once makes me feel deprived and I end up slipping. Going forward, sticking to an AIP/paleo approach to eating while reintroducing things that I can tolerate well like white rice and a little natural sugars (honey, maple syrup, etc.), will go a long way to keeping me focused on eating well.

While I wasn’t 100% perfect this last month, I think I came pretty darn close. I also think this challenge has renewed my loyalty and dedication to a paleo approach for continued health.  My skin has definitely improved and I’m feeling overall pretty good!

Day 22 (Wednesday)

IMG_20140416_071527_351IMG_20140416_174109_963Breakfast: Mashed plantain, beef heart, sautéed kale, bone broth.

Lunch: Not pictured. Salad bar at Wegman’s – lettuce, broccoli, beets, carrots, grilled chicken, pineapple, dried apricots.

Dinner: Crock pot turmeric and garlic chicken thighs, sautéed Nappa cabbage, sweet potato.

Day 23 (Thursday)

IMG_20140417_062240_880 IMG_20140417_121216_567 IMG_20140417_172758_590Breakfast: Mashed plantain, 50/50 bacon burger, kale, zucchini.

: Leftover crock pot chicken thighs with roasted rutabaga, jicama salad, zucchini and carrot slices.

Dinner: Shrimp and pork stir fry with sweet potato.

Day 24 (Friday)

IMG_20140418_074956_307 IMG_20140418_115152_931Breakfast: Mashed plantain, leftover shrimp/pork sausage stir fry and steamed kale. Mug of bone broth. 1 cup black tea with 1 TBS collagen.

Lunch: Romaine, nori, fried oysters in butter and lime juice with roasted rutabaga. 1 small apple.

Dinner: Not pictured. Leftover turmeric chicken, steamed zucchini, yellow squash, sweet potato, asparagus. Strawberries and pineapple and a few dried figs. 1 cup water with 1 TBS collagen before bed.

Day 25 (Saturday)

IMG_20140419_084842_434 IMG_20140419_133043_897Breakfast: We were away this weekend at my Uncle’s so I packed some leftovers from home to make sure I had safe food for me. Mashed plantain, bison bacon bomb, raw kale, 1 cup back coffee (fail. failed at quitting coffee)

Lunch/Dinner: We feasted at my Uncle’s for Easter. Turkey, roasted cauliflower steak with chimichurri sauce, roasted Brussels sprouts with bacon, cranberry sauce, roasted asparagus and broccoli, roasted butternut squash. And then I fell down the rabbit hole of gluten-free desserts. There were so many, so many delicious looking cookies and cakes and I couldn’t resist. So I indulged, and put my protocol on hold for a day. I felt sick, stomach hurt and can feel my skin is a little inflamed. Trying not to feel guilty about it and moving on.

Day 26 (Sunday)

IMG_20140420_083218_705 IMG_20140420_124128_617 IMG_20140420_182924_728Breakfast: Bison bacon bomb, “Chocolate” Cake with butter, carrots, celery, fennel, 1 cup black tea with 1 TBS collagen.

: Ride home we stopped for lunch and I got a shrimp salad with grilled shrimp. Only they put tomato slices on my plate, and tomatoes really don’t like me, so I basically ate 4 pieces of shrimp. Then a banana and an apple in the car.

: Turmeric chicken, romaine lettuce and Japanese sweet potato. 1 cup dandelion root with 1 TBS collagen.

Day 27 (Monday)

IMG_20140421_074354_185 IMG_20140421_112852_384 IMG_20140421_180715_286Breakfast: Mashed plantain, arugula with EVOO, bone broth, 1 cup black tea, 1 cup green tea.

Lunch: Leftover pork and shrimp stir fry.

Dinner: Baked turbot, sauteed kale, roasted golden beets.

Day 28 (Tuesday)

IMG_20140422_060249_867IMG_20140422_173147_055Breakfast: Mashed plantain, arugula, bone broth, 1 cup black tea with 1 TBS collagen

Lunch: Not pictured. Leftovers from dinner – turbot, kale, beets.

Dinner: Beef roast with parsnips and carrots, Japanese sweet potato, steamed broccoli.

Day 29 (Wednesday)

IMG_20140423_062826_049 IMG_20140423_171134_827Breakfast: Arugula, turbot, mashed plantain

Lunch: Not pictured. Beef roast dinner leftovers.

Dinner: Mashed rutabaga, grilled chicken thighs, kale pesto


Day 30 (Thursday)

IMG_20140424_120838_759IMG_20140424_174358_931Breakfast: Not pictured.

Lunch: Almost not pictured! Cucumber/arugula salad was in the empty bowl. Leftover rutabaga, beef roast.

Dinner: Ground beef and bison liver with onion, kale and butternut squash.

WHEW! That. Is. A. Wrap folks!